Priestley’s talented trio win at Apps for Good finals

Apps for Good winners3 webYOUNG designers from Priestley College won a national competition to create a new app ahead of 22,000 other students.

Josh Rose, Eve Billington and Ben Dommet’s app – Jobs 4 You – helps students to find local jobs and also prepares them for interviews with checklists and tips as sets an alarm so they never miss an appointment.

It won the Saving, Spending and Giving category ahead of two other shortlisted ideas.

“We started by talking about the kinds of things we needed help with and one of them was finding part-time jobs that we can do alongside studying at college,” said former Birchwood High School pupil Eve, who is 17.

“We felt that if it was something we were struggling with then other students would be as well and that’s how we decided on the idea.”

The talented trio travelled to the Barbican in London last week where they presented Jobs 4 You to eight executives from Barclaycard, Cap Gemini and Salesforce.com before mingling with more than 100 other representatives ‘selling’ their idea.

Their app will now be developed by a London-based agency putitout who are investing £10,000 and will hold regular skype meetings with the students to discuss its progress.

Next year, Jobs 4 You will be available on the App Store.

“We think they really liked our idea because it was something new and there is definitely a market for it,” said former Penketh High pupil Josh, who is 18.

The trio’s app was one of two Priestley teams that made last week’s finals in London.

David Gant, Finn Murphy and Scott Batey came up with eID – an electronic identification app that was also nominated in the People’s Choice Awards.

Priestley Tutor Tom Heaton said: “It was a great achievement to have two teams through to the finals because it is so competitive. The Apps for Good programme has allowed us to bring our BTEC course right up to date because it is likely these students will developing apps in the future.”

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